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Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/21/2010

Marshall said he worries about interactions between gays, straight troops in military

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman

Del. Bob Marshall said on WUSA on Monday night that he is proposing a bill to ban gays from openly serving in the Virginia National Guard because he is worried about service members catching sexually transmitted diseases from gay troops.

"If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month, I'd be worried," he said.

Marshall (R-Prince William) also said in the interview that he is concerned about the distraction that gay soldiers would have on straight men.

"It's a distraction when I'm on the battlefield and have to concentrate on the enemy 600 yards away and I'm worried about this guy whose got eyes on me," he said.

See the full interview below:

Marshall told us that he spoke to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli before deciding to draft a bill for the 2011 legislative session.

Marshall said Cuccinelli expressed support for his proposed bill but that the Prince William delegate did not feel the need to ask for a formal opinion from the attorney general's office. He said he does have other attorneys reviewing the bill before he files it.

Asked about Marshall's comments, Cuccinelli spokesman Christopher Mann was more circumspect -- promising only that a routine legal analysis would be completed of the bill after it is filed.

"If a proposed bill for a 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'-type law for the Virginia National Guard is submitted to our office, as with all proposed legislation, the attorney general will research it and give his legal opinion on the bill's compliance with the Constitution and all applicable laws," Mann said.

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said on his monthly call-in show Tuesday morning on WTOP that he opposes Congress's repeal of the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy but expects to allow gays to openly serve in the Virginia National Guard.

"While I disagree with the actions of the Congress based on my own experience in the military, but more so the military commanders objections,'' he said. "We can't have two different systems in the federal and National Guard. ... Whatever the final guidelines of the Department of Defense I would expect the National Guard bureau in Virginia to adhere to those rules so we would have one set of rules for the entire military."

The Senate's vote to repeal the 17-year-old federal ''don't ask, don't tell' policy came a week after the House approved it. President Obama has said he will sign the bill.

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | December 21, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Comments

He must be very uncomfortable with his own sexuality, by the way he spews his ignorant and bigoted rants about homosexuality. Which leads me to believe that he must be a closet case himself.

Posted by: Gary12 | December 21, 2010 12:17 PM | Report abuse

This man is a bigot as is our Attorney General. I can only hope that the hatred that these men spew makes other Virginians see the anti-gay viewpoint for what it is: irrational fear, ignorance and discrimination.

Posted by: bgd1964 | December 21, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

"If I needed a blood transfusion and the guy next to me had committed sodomy 14 times in the last month, I'd be worried," Del. Bob Marshall said.

there are far more heterosexual acts of sodomy performed daily then homosexual acts of sodomy.
And they are just as likely to pass on an STD as a homosexual would be.

Maybe in his own sexual fantasies, Del. Bob Marshall invisions homosexuals committing all the sodomy in the world, but it's just all in his sick twisted bigoted hate filled little mind.

Posted by: MarilynManson | December 21, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

It's obvious that Bob Marshall, if he were in the military, has a legitimate concern with the idea of gays serving on the front lines with him. As such, Bob would prefer that gays be kept in the rear.

Posted by: jeadpt | December 21, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Apparently, Marshall didn't read the recent study about straight couples engaging in anal sex. And OBVIOUSLY, he doesn't even recognize women in the military. Why no mention of lesbians ... or does he approved of that? Kinky b@stard.

Posted by: blackforestcherry | December 21, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Marshall is a fool.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 21, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

This guy is Human Detritus.

Posted by: VTDuffman | December 21, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

Fifty million Gay/Lesbian and Bisexual Americans cannot be ignored or silenced, they are yelling loud and clear that they are here. According to Kinsey`s studies 37% of men and 16% of women had same sex orgasms. But due to pressure from religious organizations new surveys have been instituted showing same sex experience to be less. No group can be more influential and powerful as one made up of fifty million free thinking loners. Homophobes must learn to accept the new cultural norm or they will be marginalized into obscurity.

Posted by: morristhewise | December 21, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Shhh. Hear that? Its the sound of history passing this joker by.

Posted by: pandaphil | December 21, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

When DADT was repealed, we had all the right wing types screaming about how the government should not be wasting time on this and should be concentrating on jobs and the economy. I expect we will soon be seeing a number of comments from them once again stating that we should not be wasting time on this. Or is that only when it's something to improve the lives of Gay men and women and when it's to deprive them of something, then we have all the time in the world.

Posted by: unreligious | December 21, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

When DADT was repealed, we had all the right wing types screaming about how the government should not be wasting time on this and should be concentrating on jobs and the economy. I expect we will soon be seeing a number of comments from them once again stating that we should not be wasting time on this. Or is that only when it's something to improve the lives of Gay men and women and when it's to deprive them of something, then we have all the time in the world.

Posted by: unreligious | December 21, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.


According to the report from the largest STD dating site == STDpal .com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

Posted by: marycala97 | December 21, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.


According to the report from the largest STD dating site == STDpal .com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

Posted by: marycala97 | December 21, 2010 8:49 PM | Report abuse

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